Life as a Salisbury Cathedral Chorister
If your child enjoys singing, they may be interested in becoming a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral.
Salisbury Cathedral’s choristers represent centuries of musical heritage and are an integral part of worship at our Cathedral every day.
As a chorister, your child will practice and sing some of the most beautiful music ever written, at regular services at the Cathedral, as well as in concerts, on recordings and on tours.
As part of Salisbury Cathedral School, choristers benefit from an exceptional education, supported by the care and warmth of the incredible Cathedral School team. The School is based in the former Bishop’s Palace adjacent to the Cathedral.
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2024 Voice Trial Dates
Girls’ Voice Trials: Saturday 20th January 2024 (for girls in Year 3, 4, 5)
Boys’ Voice Trials: Saturday 27th January 2024 (boys in Year 3, 4 or 5)
The individual voice trials are our audition process for selecting new choristers. Practically, they involve a short singing piece, aural tests and sight singing. However, we are always looking out for genuine enthusiasm and energy too.
We want all Chorister hopefuls to have every opportunity to prepare, so informal pre-auditions can be arranged throughout the year. We also run a voice trial workshop each year for children to get a feel for what to expect.
To enquire about a Voice Trial please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Be a Chorister for a Day
The next Be a Chorister for a Day will be held in October 2024.
Be a Chorister for a Day is a great opportunity for girls and boys in Years 2, 3 and 4 to gain first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and the Cathedral School. This informal and fun day is ideal for any children who enjoy singing and are natural team players.
Parents and guardians are welcome too. While the children are rehearsing, they can discover what being a chorister parent entails and gather information about financial support available to prospective choristers.
The day ends with a special Evensong, led by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, David Halls, and performed by all the visiting children with the choristers.
For more information and to book a FREE place, please email email@example.com
Virtual Chorister Tour
Join TV star (and former chorister) Alexander Armstrong and a few of our current choristers for a virtual tour of the Cathedral.
Prepare to discover fascinating facts, gruesome stories and quirky traditions as you learn about chorister life throughout the ages.
Please note that this tour is best viewed using a computer or laptop.
The simplest way to navigate through the tour is to do so using the thumbnail images displayed at the bottom of the screen – you may find it helpful to zoom in or out by holding down your ‘Ctrl’ key and using your + and – keys if you have a keypad.
Click below to launch the tour – make sure you click on the first thumbnail for the introduction video!